The Man Upon The Stairs

An Aspect of the Mad God in Boogeyman form


I am the darkness at the beginning and end of all things. I am what will see the gods of all worlds dying in the cold; holding creation as it breaths its last and leaves me in blessed silence.

I am the one constant that is unavoidable.

For strange eons I have been captive, but I can see the cracks of my prison. And I can smell the fear of the multiverse as it remembers me.

I live in all fears because I am the sum and cause of them.



The man upon the stairs is an aspect of the mad god. Like the encroaching cold that seeps under the door of even the most well heated home, the Man is able to enter all realities to a small extent. Usually it is only as an echo, but in some places it is stronger.

Banished by the Heroes of The Key and good Thaddeus; he was prevented from leaving Ravenloft. The Man Upon The Stairs exists within the demiplane of dread but is getting a weak but real presence in the prime material plane as the boogeymen are freed.

Although banished by the Crook of Rao from a physical presence (nearly one hundred years ago Ravenloft time)since he is part of the mad god, it can only be gone for so long. Were it not for Bartholomew it would have taken several thousand years for him to reform but when other boogeymen were brought to Oerth an aspect of him had to follow. He is what the alternate Bartholomew worships and what whispers to the current Bartholomew.

In essence all boogeymen are part of the mad god in some mystical way. But the Man is the boogeyman. The actual Boogeyman from whom all others take shape and life. Bartholomew has used the codex to awaken boogeymen in all of reality.

Because of that all over the multiverse, on a multitude of planes children have begun saying a rhyme they never knew before. They have started fearing something they see from the corner of their eye and at play parents are hearing the disturbing sound of a rhyme they have never hear but know they know.

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
I wish, I wish he’d go away…

When I came home last night at three
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall
I couldn’t see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door.

Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away

The Man Upon the Stairs was defeated and temporarily discorporated in combat with Ardes and the intelligent sword Mistkeeper.

The Man Upon The Stairs

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